Scientific and Technical Association for Water and the Environment conference
4th – 7th June 2013, Nantes, France
The current European Green Capital Nantes is hosting the Scientific and Technical Association for Water and the Environment conference, also known as ASTEE conference, from the 4th to the 7th of June at La Cité – Nantes Events Center. The three-day event is being organised by the renowned Scientific and Technical Association for Water and the Environment, founded in 1905. The organisation has over 4,000 members, including experts, researchers, scientists and practitioners from public and private organisations involved in local public environmental services.
The aim of the conference is to bring together water and waste professionals, town planners and urban developers to discuss the technological innovations, as well as the latest career developments in these fields. The conference will facilitate the sharing of information and experiences, and is a great opportunity to see what is happening in these themes across France.
The meeting will provide the attendants with an overview of the following selected five themes: Water, Waste and Health; Ecological Engineering; sustainable urban planning and urban services; fair networking services for greater collective effectiveness; and technical innovation for cities of tomorrow. Parallel study tours will be held throughout the conference, including the visit to the city of Rennes and the Loire Estuary. The full programme can be found here.
Water, Waste and the European Green Capital Award
The city that is chosen as the 2015 European Green Capital will be a city that demonstrates a well-established record of achieving high environmental standards in the twelve technical criteria assessed by the Jury. Awarded cities are committed to achieving ongoing and ambitious goals for future environmental improvement and sustainable development. Three of the criteria examined by the European Green Capital Expert panel are waste production and management, water consumption and waste water treatment.
Greater Nantes has a well-functioning waste-management system, with only 11% of rubbish going to landfill. Household waste production has fallen substantially over the last 10 years or so. Recycling accounts for 35% of municipal waste disposal, and energy is recovered from incineration plants. Greater Nantes also takes part in national waste-prevention and recycling projects.
Water consumption in Greater Nantes has been falling per capita through a targeted water pricing policy and awareness campaigns. The city has action plans for the detection of leaks and for upgrading the water supply network and water metering. It benefits from an ample water supply from the River Loire, and so it has focused efforts on improving quality and expanding water protection zones to supply drinking water.
For more information on the Award click here.